56493This Friday, Last General Meeting before ELA state test!
- Mar 18, 2014FIGHT THE TESTING MADNESS! STUDENTS ARE MORE THAN A SCORE!Friday, March 21, 2014, 6:00Meet Together to Plan for April's TestsNote location:Ya-Ya224 W. 29th Street, 14th FloorNew York, New YorkWhy the use of testing fails students and schools…• Test scores do not predict learning or future academic success, nor do they measure creativethinking and problem solving.• Tying tests scores to teacher evaluation forces teachers to “teach to the test,” instead of tailoringinstruction to meet each student’s unique needs.• Teachers – not test scores – should determine whether students are promoted. If there aredoubts about a student’s readiness, teachers should decide in consultation with parents.• The DOE should reduce class size; hire teachers, counselors, and librarians;and fund after-school programs, enrichment and the arts; instead of wasting valuable public fundson testing, test prep and consultants.• Massive amounts of data about students are being collected and put in the hands of third partyvendors without parental consent.When test scores are used to determine promotion, school closings, and teachers' careers, thestakes are too high! The misuse of tests narrows and distorts the curriculum. All children needhigh-quality teaching in a healthy atmosphere thatfosters the full development of their strengths and talents.LET'S TAKE THE POWER BACK. HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO:• Talk with parents and teachers. Build community around testing in your school.• Request an alternative such as portfolio assessment that reflects student growth.• Keep up with Change the Stakes on our web site, Facebook, and Twitter.• Invite Change the Stakes to your schools or your CEC meeting for an informaldiscussion on testing• Join CHANGE THE STAKES and work to change NYC and NYS testing policies.• Opt Out - refuse to have your child take the NY State tests and all Field Tests.